By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man has admitted molesting a 12-year-old girl while she was sitting in his lap in his pickup truck, endangering three children, drunk driving, and transporting an opened container of rum, court records show.

Johnny Ray Pogue, 39, who pleaded guilty to all four counts last week, was given a one-year jail term followed by nine years of probation for lewd molestation, with an order to register as a sex offender, provide a DNA sample and pay the cost of his incarceration.

Pogue was given a concurrent one-year jail term for child endangerment followed by three years of probation, with an order to have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up, and pay $350 in assessments. Pogue was given a concurrent one-year jail term for drunk driving and a $200 fine for transporting an open container of liquor.

The case was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Colby Martens, who was sent at 4:47 p.m. on April 7, 2018, to a one-vehicle collision near 9th and Kings Highway in rural Cushing, an affidavit said.

All three of Pogue’s passengers were under the age of 15, the affidavit said.

Asked how much he had to drink, Pogue stated, “a few beers and a couple shots of rum,” the affidavit said.

When the trooper talked to the passengers, he was told that Pogue was drinking while driving, the affidavit said.

One of the passengers showed the trooper an empty Bud Lite 16-ounce can and a bottle of blackheart rum with a small amount left, the affidavit said.

When the trooper asked Pogue if he knew how he crashed, he could not remember, the affidavit said.

Pogue agreed to take the state’s blood test at the Cushing hospital and was then transported to the Payne County Jail from which he was freed on $7,500 bond six days later, court records show.

Eleven months earlier, the same trooper investigated another incident involving Pogue in the Cushing area, court records show.

Pogue pleaded guilty to actual physical control of a pickup truck while under the influence of liquor at Highway 51 and 56th Street, for which he was placed on one year’s probation that was revoked last week to a concurrent one-year jail term.

In that case, the same trooper was sent at 11 p.m. on May 6, 2017, regarding a vehicle on the east side of Highway 18 on the Cimarron River bridge — that had pulled into an oil well site with hazard lights on, an affidavit said.

Pogue was alone in the vehicle and passed out in the driver’s seat, the affidavit said.

When the trooper asked his name, Pogue responded with “who the f…. are you,” the affidavit said.

During the trooper’s interaction with him, on three occasions Pogue said “f…. off and die,” the affidavit said.

Pogue “did not know where he was and was very repetitive with heavy slurred speech,” the affidavit said.

The trooper found an empty bottle of blackheart rum in the pickup bed, the affidavit said.

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